Online program tracks course work to help students earn degree
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) recently added an online planning tool that aims to help students more efficiently earn a degree called Degree Works Planner.
“This online planning tool will save students time and money, making sure they only take the courses they need to achieve their goals,” said DMACC Director of Enrollment Services and Registrar Rachel Erkkila. “It allows students, their advisor and their professors to communicate in one location about a student’s educational plan.”
The Degree Works Planner is a free resource for all DMACC students. Studies show that around 40% of four-year students haven’t completed a degree after 6 years. DMACC’s Degree Works Planner software helps students create a semester by semester, course specific plan to achieve their goals. Erkkila said before DMACC added this tool students and advisors would track the plan on paper or by using an excel spreadsheet. “It’s their total degree plan in one location including courses, course substitutions and transfer courses,” said Erkkila. “Our goal is to help students graduate on time with the degree they are pursuing.” DMACC Program Chairs, faculty and advisors can view, create and edit student plans.
Degree Works advantages include:
- A semester-by-semester plan for full-time and part-time DMACC students
- Saving students time and money because they don’t take classes they don’t need
- Ability to customize student education plans
- Better planning for graduation or transfer to a four-year school
Clear communication between students, advisors and Program Chairs “I have really enjoyed using this planning tool with students,” said DMACC Mortuary Science Program Chair Kevin Patterson. “It helps students stay on track and enables advisors and faculty members to guide them. In addition, it makes it easy to help students visualize their plan of study if you need to make an adjustment to an education plan.” DMACC students can watch a video that describes how to use the Degree Works Planning Tool.